PADI Drift Diver Speciality Course

Why fight the Current? Just Enjoy the Ride! - Drift Diving


PADI Drift Diver Speciality Course

We do more drift diving from local dive boats than any other type of scuba diving.

Drifting along is awesome! – Seriously it is! – You descend, get your buoyancy sorted and go with the flow. It is often described as natures magic carpet ride, flying past fish and aquatic life, seeing vast areas of the sea in a single dive, you never know what you will see and when its time to ascend, the boat is waiting for you right there! As you go with the flow, your air will last longer, you will be ‘flying’ along for longer and once try it, you’ll want more!

You will learn about

  • Planning and organising a drift dive, procedures, techniques, hazards, and problem solving issues that may arise during a drift
  • An overview of the equipment involved, such as lines, SMB’s reels etc
  • Site selection and current awareness
  • Buoyancy control, navigation and communication whilst drift diving

This course has 2 action filled drift dives from a boat, enjoy the thrill of drift diving under close supervision of your instructor.

 Train in the UK - it's a little more demanding but..

You are qualified to dive in conditions similar or better than that in which you were trained!

Learn scuba diving in the UK


Who should take this Scuba course?

The PADI drift diver course is for most divers that boat dive in the UK and overseas. 

You need to have Jnr PADI Open Diver rating or higher, and be at least 12 years old to enrol in the Drift Diver course.

How long does this Drift Diver Course take?

Watch the DVD at home, read the manual which is included FREE and complete knowledge reviews. We normally do the theory session at the dive site, on the boat or in the pub depending on the group and weather. The 2 Sea dives are normally completed in 1 day or 2 evenings from Christchurch on the Vixen or Swanage.

What comes next after your PADI Drift Diver Speciality

PADI EAN Nitrox Diver - Now you can enjoy your effortless drift diving you'll want to stay longer and your gas will last longer. This is where EAN Nitrox will help by giving you a longer NDL and No stop time under water. This classroom based course is the most popular PADI speciality and qualifies you to use Nitrox to give you longer no stop time, more time before you reach your NDL limit. You also need this course if you want to take up TEC diving or go bubble free with Recreational Rebreather diving. Book Now - PADI EAN Diver Speciality Course.

PADI Boat Diver - As most Drift diving is from a boat those who are not that experienced diving from a boat will benefit from this course. This is a 2 dive speciality. Often completed in 1 day or 2 evening. Book Now - PADI Boat Diver Speciality Course.

PADI SMB Speciality - This 2 Dive speciality teaches you even more about using Surface Marker buoys (SMB) in the UK and around the world. "SMBs are a must in the UK and so many experienced divers cannot use them properly, As a commercial Scuba Dive boat Skipper I have spent hours looking for divers who have NOT deployed their SMB properly. How do you expect your skipper to pick you up if they cannot see your SMB!! This course is VERY useful for most divers - Trevor." Book Now - PADI SMB Speciality Course

What is included in this course

PADI Manual, PADI DVD for 30 days (£5 Rental fee plus £25 refundable Deposit on DVD rental if returned within 30 days), Instructor Fees and Instruction.

What is not included in this courses

 Transport, Parking, Gas, Dive site / Dive Boat Fees, PADI Certification Fee and Kit Hire (Special rental rates for kit hire during courses).

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